Advisor's Note: OK. So when you read this, you'll notice this story about senioritis was meant to be published in March. Appropriate to the topic, we are publishing it now.
It’s that time of year. After Spring Break but before May. Everyone is tired. No one has anything left to look forward to that doesn’t feel like it’s months away. And the seniors...are over it.
Senioritis is a well-known affliction, and for some it’s more impactful than Covid. It connotes the end-of-year mentality of many seniors who have already chosen their college (or are about to), and are just counting down the days to move on (you can pretty much find a countdown calendar in any senior advisory classroom).
Cameron Colavito says, “Senioritis is a pretty well-known term, for both teachers, parents, and students. My dad asks me how I’m doing with it sometimes, but it’s going alright. There’s a lot of assessments within the next few weeks that are making it hard for senioritis to completely set in.”
Will Hammer laughs in disagreement, “Oh, it’s been hard. I’m trying to keep up the motivation, but with sports and everything too, all I want to do is go home. Waking up for school is much harder, and I’m ready for both summer and college to start.”
It’s hard. As a senior, I don’t think I’ve ever felt this lack of motivation. I’m one of the lucky (I guess?) ones who have not chosen their college yet, so in that regard, I still have something to stress over and keep my focus on. It’s not done for me yet. However, to those who have ED1 (early decision round 1) and have known their college since December, the senioritis has hit on a whole new level.
Just ask Jack Gallagher, who got into his ED school in early December. “It’s nice knowing where you’re going so early because it takes away all the stress that a lot of my friends are dealing with now,” he says. “But, I was over school much faster. Exams didn’t feel nearly as important for me as they did for others who hadn’t gotten into their schools yet. I was done. ”
Alex Walters, who was with Jack, chimed in. “I’ve been in my school since August (Alex Walters committed to playing basketball at Vassar). It’s been brutal. The worst part was the lack of motivation I had to show up to school on time. I don’t think I’ve been on time to a single late-start day since August.”
It’s after spring break where you really see the decline in the work ethic of seniors. There’s just simply nothing to look forward to that will provide instant satisfaction. Summer is days away (50 days to be exact), and it seems like it's 50 years away.
Typically, the seniors have their designated senior events to somewhat look forward to. These closing ceremonies and traditions signify the end of the year. However, the question of senior things is still really up in the air in my opinion. Though I know the administration has “guaranteed” some of the senior things like the pond jump and Prom, I’m still pretty skeptical… I’ve heard the “it’ll happen but we have to postpone it” before.
Though the COVID situation has increased our senioritis because all we want to do is go home and take our masks off, it has also bonded us.
“We’ve come closer as a grade,” says Mia Pioli “I think that it's because it's our senior year, but also because we’re all going through the same thing with corona. It isn’t fun, but at least there is some good that has come from it.”
Having these upcoming events will give us seniors something to look forward to at the very least. It will definitely make the month of May fly by because every activity has been smushed into the last two weeks of school, and there will be less of a sense of routine.
Most seniors have moved past high school at this point through visions of a fresh start, the next level, a hopefully Covid-free existence. If you walk by any senior conversation in the hallway, chances are it’ll be about roommates, college choices, or decorating a dorm room. In our minds, we’ve passed. We’ve graduated. And it’s pretty noticeable in our grades.
“I would much rather focus on my future than work to maintain a GPA that doesn’t matter anymore,” says Gillian Adams. “I’m focused on what’s to come. Not what’s almost over.”
While it’s bittersweet to think about what’s to come and what we’re leaving behind, most of us are excited about planning and moving on. It’s a huge step in our lives that we finally get to make for ourselves. It's what the teachers tell us will be the funnest 4 years of our lives.
I think the irony is that the teachers are as fed up with us as we are with them. Second-semester seniors cannot be fun to teach. I’m sure. I’m one of them. We can be less participatory and our assignments are either late or never get done. I try my best to complete my assignments just because I like seeing the green box on MyLion, but today, I was 10 minutes late to my first class because I wanted to sleep in. Our carelessness is peaking now more than ever.
“Who doesn’t have senioritis?” says Dean Hooker. “You can tell everyone’s buying time. It’s even more prevalent this year because of the type of year we’ve had. It’s obvious that the things you look forward to and enjoy about senior year are not being able to happen, so it forces senioritis to start earlier and stronger. It’s been a hard year, and we all just want it to be over.”
It’s still sad to say bye to the teachers. I try to remind myself to complete my assignments and to be at school as much as possible because it’s the last few days of school. I’ll never get these days back, so why miss them? This is it. Sure, I’ve been in the Upper School for 4 years, but I’ve never known what it’s like not to return. And I’ve been at Lovett for 13 years. That’s almost my whole life. Some students are sadder than others (and don’t get me wrong, everyone’s excited for college), but we’re leaving a place that has been a second home for so long. But as they say, change is good.
“It’s weird being here for so long and having the end come to a close,” says Mia Coker. “This is it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m super excited for college. Really excited. But I just can’t believe it's ending and that all my friends and I are splitting up.”
Al Coy agrees. “Yeah it’s weird,” he says. “I can’t believe it’s actually ending. Didn’t think this day would come. In both positive and negative ways. I’m excited for the future though. There’s a lot to look forward to, even still at Lovett.”
It’s been quite the year. I’m also excited for the future, but the senioritis has hit harder than I expected. I can’t make any promises that I’ll try harder to get to school on time, but it’s been a good year. And if you’re wondering how many days, days of classes, and days until graduation are left, feel free to stop by ANY senior advisory and just glance up on the whiteboard...you’ll find the answers.